Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Apr 28, 2014: 2013 Avian Summary

Goldfinch. 8/14/13 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

For 2013, a total of 200 avian species (plus 5 sp.) was recorded, ranking this year as the 3rd highest in 17 years of records.  This total is 10 species more than 2012.  Disregarding the first year (consists of only December), the range of totals run from 128 species (1998) to 206 species (2011).  Four species (Red-throated Loon, Swainson's Hawk, Golden Eagle, & Say's Phoebe) were added to my List, which is now at 264 species.  Again, Fall migration didn't live up to expectations, especially with much of the wetlands being dry.  Notably absent this year included: scoters, Least Bittern, dowitches, Red-headed Woodpecker, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, and Great-tailed Grackle.

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